Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail

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The 106.5-mile Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail (FKOHT) will stretch the length of the Florida Keys, from Key Largo to Key West, the southernmost point of the continental United States. The trail runs parallel to US Highway 1 and is quite exposed, so bring lots of sunscreen.

Currently, more than 70 miles of the multi-use, paved trail have been completed. For the rest, users will have to share the road with vehicles. Use extreme caution as some areas have narrow shoulders, causing potentially dangerous traffic encounters. When finished, the trail will incorporate educational kiosks, roadside picnic areas, scenic overlooks, fishing piers and cat walks, boat ramps, water access points, and connections to businesses and trail-user services.

Tracing the course of Henry Flagler's old railroad line, FKOHT includes 23 of the rail bridges, the longest of which is 7 miles. Some of these have been converted back to their original configuration, but with added safety rails and an asphalt surface. To accommodate fishing, platforms have been added to some of the reconditioned spans, including the 2.2-mile Long Key Bridge and smaller spans at Channel 2, Toms Harbor, and Toms Harbor Cut. In addition, the trail links a number of superb natural areas and historic sites.

Some highlights include:

  • Lower Matacumbe Key to Channel 5 historic bridge, 5.5 miles (MM 72-MM 77.5)
  • Long Key Trail & Bridge, 2.2 miles (MM 65-MM 68.5)
  • Grassy Key Trail, 4 miles (MM 54.5-MM 58.5)
  • Toms Harbor/Toms Harbor Cut, 5 miles (MM 60.5-MM 61.5)
  • Saddlebunch Trail, 4 miles (MM 11-MM15)
  • Knight's Key Trailhead to Pigeon Key, 2 miles (MM45-MM 47)
  • Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock State Park
  • John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
  • Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park
  • Indian Key Historic State Park
  • Lignumvitae Key Botanical State Park
  • San Pedro Underwater Archaeological Preserve
  • Curry Hammock State Park
  • Bahia Honda State Park
  • Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Parking and Trail Access

Parking is available in many places throughout the Florida Keys. For detailed route information traveling from Key West, visit the FKOHT northbound route map. For detailed route information traveling from Key Largo, visit the FKOHT southbound route map.

For more information, contact:
Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail
Office of Greenways & Trails
3 La Croix Court
Key Largo, FL 33037
(305) 853-3571

Reviews

the trail we had to do, march 2014

   March, 2014 by chadley109

Yes lots of construction, trail changes weekly! Needs a lot more signage! Rode on hybrid tires and had no problems. Stayed in motels along the way with no problems GREAT food! Rode 162 miles with all the side trips over 6 days. Not a wilderness adventure, ...read more

Should be Called "Trail of "DIS-SPARE"

   February, 2014 by peddledancer

Because you are going to need a lot of spare tires if you expect to log any mileage at all. I am from Ohio, drove to Key Largo in hopes of logging some awesome mileage, no to be. The trail is by far the worst I have ridden, construction, sharp ...read more

Important Update

   February, 2014 by jbalin

I rode the Trail in January/February, 2014 and would like to share my observations. First, in many places, the Trail is basically a sidewalk/path, within a few feet of busy, noisy, dirty US #1. It's also sometimes very narrow and intersects with numerous ...read more